Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Home Remedy For Bee Stings

Earlier this week, we discovered a rather large yellow jacket nest in the front flower bed.  We are on day 3, and there are still several hundred bees swarming around.  We put the first application of Sevin Dust on last night, and we expect that to kill quite a few today.

I thought I was safe to water my plants on the front porch this morning, but I got stung on the finger.  I used an old home remedy for bee stings that I read about on the Internet several years ago, but, fortunately, never had to try.  I'm happy to say that it stopped the pain immediately, and an hour later, I am still pain free!

a bee at work
What You Need
  • Ice
  • Baking soda
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Bowl
  • Water
Directions
  1. Put ice on the spot immediately to control swelling.  Mix equal parts baking soda and meat tenderizer in a bowl.  I used about a tablespoon of each.  This does not have to be exact.  Add enough water to make a thick paste.  
  2. Spread the paste all over the sting.
  3. Let dry before rinsing off.
  4. If you are still in pain, reapply.
The meat tenderizer breaks down proteins, which is what the bee injects in your skin.  By breaking it up, your pain and swelling disappear.  

This bee sting home remedy only took one application for me.  The pain is completely gone, and I never swelled at all.  The sting did make my heart race, so I'll be taking it easy for the day.